Lactobacillus Guava Grove - Cigar City Brewing

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Lactobacillus Guava GroveLactobacillus Guava Grove

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Ratings: 397
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 9.13%
Wants: 66
Gots: 54 | FT: 10
Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: velcrogrip on 09-10-2013

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Photo of gcamparone
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%

Appearance - pours a deep amber hazy body with a 2 finger white head that reduces quickly to a small ring of foam. 4.25

Smell - smells much like a Flanders.. Creamy, pale malt, Lacto tartness, cherry juice, citrus rind, some fruityness , spices 4.5

Taste- starts off hugely sour with lactic acid, lemon juice, sour apple, and citrus. The follow through definitely exhibits melon and guava, with some banana. The finish is creamy with some caramel and pale malt. The finish is astringently tart. 4.5

Mouthfeel- super carbonated, light and refreshing. 4.25

Very tasty, very sour, maybe a little too sour and carbonated and that may take away from the guava notes. Nevertheless nicely done.

Photo of lionelhutz23
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Very sour if you drink it early. Sweetens up over time. Unless you want it extremely sour sit on it for a few months.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Cigar City. Served in a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy burnt orange. Small head, but they tempered the pour rate so it wouldn't foam over. Retains a decent collar.

Smell - Fruity, like an apple aroma. Not distinctly guava. Acidic. Malty too.

Taste - Tart and pretty yummy. Quite malty. Sour apple. A bit of graininess. Guava kicks up in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Pretty sour. Medium body, definitely heavy for a sour saison.

Overall - I don't remember regular Guava Grove very well but I don't remember it being as good as this.

Photo of Daisylovesbeer57
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tried this on tap at Cigar City a few months back, but more recently shared a few 750's with some friends after a quick trip to Tampa. I was surprised and elated that they bottled this beer!

I will admit that I am new to sours, and I am just developing a taste for them. Despite that, this is still one of my favorite beers.

Pours a nice head that lasts, and is a beautiful cloudy golden color. Smells pungent, maybe slightly off-putting if you're not used to sours, but I like it.

Taste is amazing. The sour hits you hard, but doesn't linger. It doesn't destroy your palette, and is totally drinkable. I've tried regular guava grove, but I personally think the guava flavor stood out way more in the sour version.

An awesome beer overall. We shared amongst many friends with these bottles but I could drink a whole 750 by myself. Will definitely seek out again (maybe this weekend.)

Photo of MrMonotone69
4.99/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

taste like a dream that became real, melted, then went into a glass for you to drink.

Photo of rlee1390
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A-Very cloudy bright orange, one finger head that doesn't last long.

S-Like a rubber glove. Rather funky. Then a nice bit of fruit.

T-Rather tart, one again the rubber glove flavor. Nice light fruit notes, some grass and spice as well.

M-Lighter, some carbonation, crisp.

O-An interesting beer, rather funky but that doesn't equate to sour. More fruit would make this beer a lot better.

Photo of cwguy5
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thank you NCalement for the share!
edit: this was from a 750ml bottle

poured a hazy, pale yellow/orange color with a small but dense head that settled to a cap that hung around almost the entire serving. not much lacing just a few random blobs.

nose was intense. orange, citrus, guava esters up front followed quickly by some blue cheese. a hint of black pepper with some sweet malts round out the end.

sour but not puckering fruit up. sour subsides to pale malts, corn, butter, faint pepper, then finishes with a crispness and a slight acidic bite. a bit of a roller coaster in your mouth.

thin but substantial body with perfect carbonation for the style. literally mouth-watering.

a unique and wonderful beer. the three tiers of fermentation can be distinguished in a such a way that i am not accustomed to. they come almost one after another in order from main fermentation to secondary to tertiary. great flavor combinations that really seem to work though they don't really blend together. a must try if you liked the "sour" guava groves.

Photo of utfiero
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this at a culinary event during GAFB October 2013. The sour from the lacto and the guava worked together perfectly. Had distinct guava notes throughout and finished with a long, lingering sour dryness. It was perfectly paired with baby octopus and cheese at the GABF event.

Photo of cbutova
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to my cousin Sonny for sending me the bottle. Reviewed Friday night with full notes.

A- Poured to a myriad of different glasses for a random Friday tasting with a fairly cloudy golden-orange body. A small white head forms to maybe half a finger with a frothy, somewhat foamy texture. Small ring leaves only a few spots of lace.

S- Lacto tartness and tropical fruity guava feel. Fairly straightforward with the sour and fruit feel but pungent strength. Slight spicy and lemony yeast feel beyond that.

T- Underlying yeast profile opens up a bit but the guava actually seems to gain some pungency here and is kind of juicy. Still mostly just fruit, citrus and sour lacto feel but they work off of each other. Slightly funky with some spice and pepper feel.

MF- Dried out light end body with a massively foamy yet frothy body that expands on the palate with texture. Carbonation is certainly fairly high but this texture makes it smooth. Tartness lingers in the finish.

A lot of tartness and a lot of guava and fruitiness but it works and balances out well. Some underlying yeast but mostly the first two.

Photo of bcp5296d
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle to Teku

A: A little darker than expected. Somewhere between blonde and dark rose color

S: Slightly more sour than fresh, can tell fruit is not as present but smells much more sour than fresh.

T: More sour, fruit has faded slightly but becoming something very interesting. Pretty darn tart. I could see this doing well over time.

M: Slightly more slick than fresh but still plenty of carb.

O: Loved this beer fresh but it seems it could turn into something even better.

Photo of velcrogrip
4.79/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On tap at CCB, and also via limited growler release...

Appearance: Golden yellow, crystal clear appearance. Minimal head, no lacing.

Smell: beautiful, lemon, tartness. Don't get a whole lot of sweetness/guava in the aroma.

Taste: Perfectly tart, crisp. Again with lemon, just enough sweetness to balance. Mild funk.

Mouthfeel: Very light on the tongue. Easy drinking for a modest abv.

Definitely worth trying this. Should be coming out in 750's soon.

Photo of jlindros
3.97/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Another one cracked at the CCB share night, thanks to rudzud for this one.

Light fizzy head, little lacing, hazy orange yellow color.

Nose is big sour, funky, but a weird almost chemical sour, creamy too, with mild stone fruit and little tropical guava note, funk and creamy, sour malt.

Taste sour but weird, guava peach fruit paste, fruit juice, like a fresh fruit juice from Brazil, decent tart fruit, fair sweet malt, little sticky finish, fair citrus and tropical fruit characters. Dry finish, sticky and little sweet, hint booze, long lingering tropical guava mango like fruit.

Mouth is med bod, decent carb, little slimy.

Overall I expected a lot more from this, and it was fairly bland and had some offputting notes. But oh well. Nice tropical notes of guava and tropical fruit, so otherwise nice.

Photo of portia99
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle poured into a Bruery tulip.

A - Pours a deep amber orange color with a light haziness and some larger scale yeast particles/floaties that slightly mar the appearance. A huge cap of rocky off white foam, frothes and bubbles away, exploding like a wort at high krausen, falling after a minute or so to the surface leaving some sparse, loose lacing on the glass.

S - Definitely a lactic sourness up front - strong and assertive. Backed up by an earthy malt character, fairly prominent yeastiness, mildly spicy black pepper component, nice fruity/tropical guava and a mild bitterness. A tart, lemony citrus aroma pops up in there too.

T - Hmm, very nice. Tart and lactic sourness in the center of everything and strong in the flavor profile, but the aroma really had me expecting a much sharper and harsher sourness than I am getting here. There is a much sweeter, sugary, fruity/fructose element at the base that cuts right thru the sourness. Perhaps the late addition of fruit managed to leave behind a good amount of residual sugar. Nicely tropical with guava showing off well with complementary acidic fruitiness including a variety of citrusy flavors. Yeasty with a doughy malt character at the base.

M - This was a bit of a surprise and left the biggest impression on me after the first sip. I find the mouthfeel on this to be rather unique - very soft on the tongue and velvety smooth. Power of suggestion with the lactic fermentation?...I dunno, but the mouthfeel reminds me of smooth milk stouts with lactose creating the smoothness. I know lactose and lactobacillus are independent of each other, but this was my first impression. A bit slick, very soft - light and airy even. Actual body is on the thin side and carbonation is medium, a bit fizzy - but maybe more foamy which contributes to the light, airy feel on the tongue. Sour, but not puckering.

O - A lot of good things going on in this beer. A bit unique and interesting from beginning to end. Enjoying this very much. Not without flaw, but quite well done. Would definitely like to have another bottle of this for the summer season.

Photo of scottfrie
3.65/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle. Pours a murky iced tea color that reminds me of cloudy muddy water. The nose is full of funky, dirty, guava fruit and lactic acid. I get some tart dirty fruits on the palate along with huge flavors of guava. There’s finish is a bit smoky, and the aftertaste is full of linger tart lactic acid. Greasy body, tingly crisp mouth, tart bite, meaty and savory overall. An interesting beer that definitely grew on me as I drank.

Photo of macrosmatic
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into a Peg's snifter.

A: Pours a hazy amber color, with a thin white head and fairly low visible carbonation.

S: Funky barnyard, big juicy guava fruitiness, moderate lactic tartness, some dry hay and light grainy malt.

T: Lactic tartness, guava, and funky, funky barnyard. Light malts with almost a wheat character, but it tends to fade under the bigger flavors. Almost a dry grapefruit pith sourness near the swallow. SIgnificant lactic acidity as well, and this develops a bit more lemon flavor as the beer warms. Tartness with guava fruitiness and funk in the hang - quite a dry finish, even though there is still some fruity sweetness lingering.

M: Medium body, good carbonation sensation, and low alcohol presence.

O: Really quite tasty, with a nice level of funk. It is certainly tart, though not overly so; however, my stomach informs me that it's definitely acidic. But it doesn't seem obnoxious. Very enjoyable, and recommended.

Photo of JMScowcroft
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Cigar City Brewing - Lactobacillus Guava Grove, poured into a Lawson's tulip.

Look - Pours a cloudy caramel with a big fizzy head that retains some. Good lacing, some sticks while the rest evaporates off.

Smell - Sour on the nose but not overly so. Guava is juicy smelling almost like passion fruit hops. Touch of sweet malt.

Taste - Boom! One hell of a sour blast! Nice and acidic tartness on the sour. Guava adds a nice touch.

Mouthfeel - Full-medium bodied with high carbonation like a champagne. Juicy and creamy. Sourness fades quickly. Warm tummy boozy. Great drinkability.

Overall - Thoroughly impressed with this sour. What a tasty brew!

Photo of brentk56
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a somewhat hazy goldenstraw capped by an inch of foam that leaves a fair amount of lacing

Smell: The guava is pronounced in the aroma, with a bit of a tart character penetrating

Taste: The lactic sourness is more evident in the palate, with both the tart elements and the guava presenting themselves from start to finish; the yeast also makes an impact after the swallow

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A really fine sour; enjoyed the unique Caribbean flavor the guava brings; if I could find guava yogurt anywhere, this is what it would taste like

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.81/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle pour at the pre-FWIBF bottle share held at the Adelaide Inn in Paso Robles, CA.

Thanks to drewone for sharing this one.

Bottled 1/23/14.

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour with malt, grain, guava, and funk aromas. Taste is much the same with sour grain, guava, funk, and acidic flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty with nice sour guava characteristics.

Photo of Stevedore
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

32oz growler generously sent to me by R.J. Thanks again buddy. Poured into a Bell's snifter today, 10/31/2013.

Pours a hazy dark orange body with a 1cm white head that doesn't retain much after a few minutes. Becomes a fairly placid looking beer after a few minutes. Not much lacing to speak of. Not particularly impressive for a saison.

Smells fairly sour in a more tart rather than vinegary way, though there is some acidity here. Some green apple skin tartness. Not particularly pungent, but definitely shows off its sour.

So the taste is primarily sour. I don't really get that underlying saison which this is supposed to be. Lots of tart green apple. I don't know what guava really tastes like but this certainly could be it. It's mostly both acidic and tart at the same time, with a little bit of lemon and earthiness. Not complex, but quite sour and interesting.

Thinner bodied, smooth and easy to drink. Nice crispness to the feel, not particularly creamy nor thin. Good carbonation. Aftertaste is mostly that acidity.

Interesting saison. Not sure this is a saison as opposed to a sour blonde. Very mouthpuckeringly sour but not super complex. Thanks again for giving me a chance to try this one, R.J.

Photo of Mikeypnh
4.37/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice orange/pink with a frothy head. Smells very tart and fruity. Right up front with the fruit on the taste, and much less sour than the smell. It's a little tart and very refreshing. Fruit is sweet but not even close to overpowering. Lightly carbonated, medium body. Leaves a nice tart sweetness on the aftertase. Very easy to drink.

Photo of Resuin
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a tulip. This is pretty fresh as it only came out a couple months ago.

Appearance: Pours a hazy orange with a hint of pink. Leaves a big head which takes several minutes to fade away to a rim around the glass. Carbonation bubbles can be seen although the beer is far from transparent.

Smell: Big citrus, some guava, some nice grassy funk. Reminds me a bit of a citrus-forward saison, but the fruit/citrus is definitely more prominent than many I've had.

Taste: Here, I definitely get more guava than citrus. Starts with some guava, lemon, hay funk, and finishes sour (not overly though, just a nice hint). I still get some citrus in here: especially grapefruit. Decent amount of acidity in here which helps in my opinion.

Mouth-feel: Medium to high carbonation which is nice, and a nice creamy, medium to full body.

Overall: I am a big fan of this beer. I do love guava, and the guava in here is great and subtle. This is very well balanced - much moreso than all the other guava beers I've tried. Drinkability is high and this is a nice, refreshing brew. Well done.

Photo of indurTheB
4/5  rDev -3.8%

First off, I really like this beer. I'd give it a higher rating if it weren't so inconsistent. Sometimes it is really sour, other times more flat and dull. Recently had the Apricot Lactobacillus Guava Grove and it is right on the mark.

This beer can be quite sour, so be ready for it.

Photo of rudzud
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Received in a trade.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice clear lightly hazy copper hue with thin wisps and a light halo.

S - Aromas of light guava, nice lacto notes, more guava paste, interesting.

T - Taste is guava paste, light lacto, almost burnt rubber. Really interesting and different but pleasant, lightly sweet, tasty.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, quite drinkable.

O - Overall this beer was tasty, though there is something else on the taste that strikes me as odd.

Photo of larryi86
4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks bstyle of this
750 mL bottle poured into a tulip

A- A deep hazy orange with a three finger white head.

S- Fairly sour, getting a good amount of lacto, guava, some grainy malts.

T- Sour, guava, lacto, some sweet cereal like malts, some slightly earthy notes in the finish along with the lacto.

M- Smooth, medium body.

O- This is a nice sour and the guava stands out nicely. My biggest issue with this be is a personal one because I am not a big fan of lacto in the finish of any sour. Still not being a big fan of lacto I did enjoy this beer and feel CCB hit a nice balance with te sourness and the guava.

Photo of BMMillsy
2.94/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Had this in a flight at the brewery. I enjoyed the standard (non-sour) version so I figured I'd give this a try. Pour was a cloudy yellowish with creamy looking white head that dissipated quickly. Aroma was pretty big dry oak and sour vinegar, not much guava fruit. Flavor followed with nearly astringent sourness, very little fruit, and a dusty dirty finish that was rather unpleasant. To me, this came off nearly like a berliner, which really isn't a style that I can appreciate. Some have enjoyed this, but I'd prefer the non-sour version.

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Lactobacillus Guava Grove from Cigar City Brewing
93 out of 100 based on 397 ratings.